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Nea Kameni Volcano

I’ve died and gone to heaven! Santorini is everything that I had hoped for and more. I also think I picked the very best spot on the entire island. Maybe not the fanciest hotel, but so rustic and very charming. The staff is wonderful and made me feel right at home. Oh by the way, I didn’t have to pay extra money for my suitcase this trip! Bonus! I had a great little flight over here. Mostly English speaking people on my plane. I met my first friend. Charlie.(Charlene) She is Egyptian and comes from Sydney but lives in London. She is a delightful girl (27 years old) and wants to hang out with me on the island. In fact the next three islands we are going to, are the same. It is just I am going to one and she is going to the other. I guess we could switch plans but I kind of like the independent thing.

The manager took this picture of me drinking my coffee. See why I think it is heaven. Can you imagine anything more beautiful. (Not me! The scenery!)
Now who would have thought that is what I would want two weeks ago?

 

I arrived late in the evening and the sun had just set. They have the most incredible sunsets here and it is a must see.

 

I got up this morning to discover that they don’t start serving breakfast until 8:30. Now it is not possible to run around here. If you like doing stairs then that would definitely be an option. There is nothing but stairs. It was so funny watching me try and struggle down the narrow, (I mean narrow) stair cases to get to my hotel. I have taken some pictures of the stairs but you can just imagine me and my big knapsack and 80 pound suitcase maneuvering the stairs. If the cab driver was a gentleman he would have offered.

Biker chick! Love the helmet!
The hotel had sent someone to pick me up but he was not there when I got off the planed so I hitched a cab. It was quite the ride as his name was Adamas and he wanted to show me the island. No thank you!

 

I was shown to my room and it is so tiny and quaint. I love it! I couldn’t see much of the view last night as it was dark but then I woke up this morning and “Holy mackerel!” It is beyond words. I can’t even imagine a more beautiful place any where else in the entire planet. The view right out my room is the famous volcano Nea Kameni. It is still an active volcano. I am going to take a trip out there and visit the hot springs.

 

I decided to be wild and rented a quad to go visit all the sites. I thought about a car, and you can drive a car anytime, but not a quad.

I have already eaten half the bread and half the tzatziki. Now for my Eva salad.
So on I hop and off I go. Where? I have no idea. I first headed to the main town of Fira. This is where a lot of people stay. I wouldn’t. It is full of people and the traffic is horrific for a small village. Apparently you have to spend a day there to see the shops and museums. I continued on my way and ended up in a very tiny village of Messaria. I was starting to burn (again) and so thought I would stop for a bite to eat. This is the very first time that I have picked a place off the beaten track. I saw its name “Eva” and couldn’t resist. I also ordered the Eva salad. They brought me a full basket of oven fresh bread, tzatziki and the salad. I ate the entire basket of bread and scraped the dish clean of tzatziki. The salad bowl was completey empty! It was the most delicious meal I have had. I am going to have to pay extra money for "me" on the way home. Or at least ask for a seatbelt extender.

 

The yogurt here is fantastic.

5 minues later!
I know I have tried to tell you this before, but compared to ours at home they are two different things. Ours is so gelatinous. It is thin and flavourless. This stuff is so thick and creamy. I poured honey on it this morning to show you what it looks like. It is yummy!  They make the tzatziki with the yogurt just in case you didn’t know (but I know you did).

 

Continued on my way through the center of the island. (You can still see water for the most part) Santorini is a very small island and I think you could drive the entire perimeter in a day. Now I was really starting to worry about my arms in the sun, so I decided to head home and take a break from the sun for the afternoon. My back is flaming hot but what is really killing me is my butt. I guess the famous bikini rode up a bit and exposed skin that never got the sunscreen (or I just rubbed it off faster). Either way it hurts to sit down today. But don’t worry about me, I am sitting here drinking red wine and entering this journal entry (picture enclosed).

See the computer! See the red wine! This is where I spent my afternoon to stay out of the sun.
Life is very GOOD!

 

My friend Charlene is going to the volcano today and I wanted to do the quad thing so we shall see if we actually ever meet up.

 

There are lots of English speaking people on the island. Not the Greeks, but tourists. So I guess this is a major destination for us. This is more how I thought all of Greece was going to be but instead I have had two weeks of virtually no English.

 

Tomorrow I may go on a wine tour. I guess they still stomp the grapes with their feet in Santorini but since the grapes are not ready I won’t be able to see that.

Looking through the front door of my room. My bed is on bricks and so it the head board.
Darn! That would have been wonderful.

 

I do want to go to the volcano. I also want to go see the red beach. The sand is completely red. I want to do Oia (pronounced eea) at night. That is something Charlene and I talked about. She heard of a very nice restaurant but I can’t figure out her mobile number. It has a + in front of it and I can’t remember what I am suppose to dial for London. Oh well! What is meant to be is meant to be.

 

So I have lots to do and if I want to stay longer I will. I hope I can change my ferry ticket without a problem. That would be a bummer if I had to leave because of that.

 

Now I am going to load the pictures, but I can promise you that they will not do any justice to what I see. It is spectacular! I can’t find the words to describe it.

 

 

woopeixun says:
hey! i was looking for a hotel in santorini and i chanced upon ur blog post. ur hotel looks awesome! can i ask for the name pls? Thanks :)
Posted on: Apr 14, 2010
missandrea81 says:
I know why that yogurt is so good! It has around 10 % of fat. lol But who cares! You're on vacation!!! And I am very jealous!! ;)
Posted on: Jul 28, 2008
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Nea Kameni Volcano
Nea Kameni Volcano
The manager took this picture of m…
The manager took this picture of …
Biker chick! Love the helmet!
Biker chick! Love the helmet!
I have already eaten half the brea…
I have already eaten half the bre…
5 minues later!
5 minues later!
See the computer! See the red wine…
See the computer! See the red win…
Looking through the front door of …
Looking through the front door of…
Tiny little bathroom, but it has s…
Tiny little bathroom, but it has …
High ceilings covered in stones.
High ceilings covered in stones.
The stone ceiling in my room. It i…
The stone ceiling in my room. It …
Night view from my balcony. It r…
Night view from my "balcony". It …
This is what I saw when I opened m…
This is what I saw when I opened …
Looking Left. At night the rock is…
Looking Left. At night the rock i…
Looking just to the right side of …
Looking just to the right side of…
The town of Oia! This is suppose t…
The town of Oia! This is suppose …
Went for a stroll down the hill an…
Went for a stroll down the hill a…
Another view of Oia!
Another view of Oia!
Lloking up from where I walked to.
Lloking up from where I walked to.
View of my hotel from half way dow…
View of my hotel from half way do…
I went a little farther down. You …
I went a little farther down. You…
My hotel is the one with the pale …
My hotel is the one with the pale…
In the hotel there are little corn…
In the hotel there are little cor…
This is where we eat breakfast. Th…
This is where we eat breakfast. T…
Looking down from one floor to the…
Looking down from one floor to th…
The bar! It is up two flights of s…
The bar! It is up two flights of …
Went for a stroll down the narrow …
Went for a stroll down the narrow…
Stairs that I had to come down wit…
Stairs that I had to come down wi…
This is one of the suites that goe…
This is one of the suites that go…
I found some real estate for sale.…
I found some real estate for sale…
Looking left and you can see the d…
Looking left and you can see the …
A cruise ship sailing throught the…
A cruise ship sailing throught th…
Looking back at my villa. It is th…
Looking back at my villa. It is t…
Same view just further down.
Same view just further down.
Not too shabby!
Not too shabby!
I must have really liked it becaus…
I must have really liked it becau…
Can you see the little person hiki…
Can you see the little person hik…
Now there are two of them.
Now there are two of them.
Yum Yum!
Yum Yum!
Yogurt and honey. It is to die for.
Yogurt and honey. It is to die for.
Can you see the tiny fishing boat?
Can you see the tiny fishing boat?
Eva Restaurant. How could I not go…
Eva Restaurant. How could I not g…
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